Landscaping Structures: Add Color, Interest, and Privacy

April 14th 2014
Four Seasons

Trellis, Archway, or Pergola?

A good landscape designer knows the importance of keeping color and interest in a garden all year round. But it can be challenging, mainly where space is at a premium. I often add a strategically placed pergola, arch, or trellis to the design. These landscaping structures provide a beauty of their own and, combined with the right plants, can provide a stunning focal point and even provide privacy where needed.

Consider incorporating one of these structures in your landscape. To ensure seasonal appeal, pair them with climbing plants that provide interest at different times of the year through flowers, foliage, and fruits.

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Early blooming favorites include early clematis in white to the darkest purple colours. Some varieties produce fluffy seed heads for continued interest long after the last bloom. Another plant to consider is a shade-tolerant climbing hydrangea, with glossy green leaves and showy white flowers that begin blooming in early summer.

Think about fragrant climbers near your lounging areas for other plants that flourish into the summer. Climbing roses are a traditional favorite. You might consider the star jasmine with small white flowers, followed by seedpods. It’s an evergreen that will continue to provide screening through winter. Many honeysuckles are vigorous summer climbers, rapidly covering any overhead structure. Most are scented and evergreen, too.

For autumn and winter, several climbers, notably grapes and Virginia creepers, color dramatically in autumn, clothing arches and pergolas with their vibrant oranges and reds.

Add annual climbers like Black-eyed Susan vine, with yellow and orange blooms and dark centers; Morning Glories are a traditional favorite adding a bright blue for contrast. Climbing nasturtium, like morning glories, need very little care—they do best with a bit of neglect. The leaves and flowers are even edible, with a peppery tang.